Author Archives: Maren

Prayer in the midst of Ian

God, the storm across Floridais not a Goliath anymore,and the news says that the dangeris more in water than in wind,but homes are broken,new power outagesjoin the losses of poweracross the Caribbean, Canada,of this week and last,even as more are … Continue reading

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Prayers in the Hurricanes

God, you are present in the tempestnot as source of wind and floodbut wearing the facesof those ones who watch and warn,planners of shelter,rescuers in the midst, caregivers,and those who stay when “news” moves onto help rebuilding homes, boats, lives. … Continue reading

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L’Shanah Tovah U’metukah

Both good and sweet blessingsfor this new year,to those who in faithname this night, a beginning,and these days coming, sacred days. May reflecting on the pastlift up all that was good ­­–hopeful, healing, full of joyand the anticipationof these next … Continue reading

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For the last day of Banned Books Week

I expect people to take a page out of my book,but not the book out of my hands, not any of them –the censored ones I love,the condemned ones that put me to sleep(here’s looking at you, DH Lawrence)the banned … Continue reading

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Holy Communion Liturgy for October 2, 2022, World Communion Sunday

I have written many World Communion Services over the years from my own perspective (white, woman, US born United States citizen of settler heritage). Some have been shaped and blessed with words in original languages and translations offered for the … Continue reading

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Prayer in the midst of Hurricane Fiona

God, stormwalker and guide,we pray for Puerto Rico,powerless because the electrical grid is down,but with the power of peoplecaring for one another,putting plans in placeto house people, bring food and water,contact all who live alone,even shelter the parrots. In this … Continue reading

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Remembering Oleksandr Shapoval

The National Opera of Ukraine announces the death in combat fighting at age 48, of Oleksandr Shapoval, a longtime principal dancer for the company and an Honored Artist of Ukraine, an official title awarded for high achievement in the performing … Continue reading

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From Republic of Georgia, Peace Cathedral, Bishop Malkhaz Songulashvili

But let justice roll down like water and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.’ The Book of Amos.  ‘Amos wall’ being built at the Peace Cathedral in solidarity with the long suffering Ukrainian people, thirsty of justice and peace. Ugliness of … Continue reading

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Scotland Poem 7 – Greyfriars Bobby

Over-fond of dogs and rememberinga terrier I hope to meet again.I always wanted to seethe small statue on top a drinking fountain,of Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye terrier faithful to John Graygardener, in from the countryto Edinburghto work for the policeas … Continue reading

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Remembering Elizabeth Alexandra Mary

So much is said and will be said,and thought and remembered and prayed. Today I recall, when I was young,I challenged an older Episcopal priestwith the im-personality of their funeral servicewhile my church shared story after story,pictures, favorite songs, laughter, … Continue reading

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